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Redding man stabbed over bike feared for his life

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REDDING, Calif. - A man who was stabbed after his bike was stolen in Redding Tuesday night was shaken, had not expected things to turn violent over a bike.

George Casey said he was home Tuesday night when his aunt heard someone outside.

"When I come out to the front door, the man was already right here by our front drive. He got about right to where I am actually in the street and I kicked the back tire out from under him," Casey said.

Casey said he tried to stop the man from riding off with his bike.

"He fell, boom. Soon as he fell I hit him, and I hit him hard, but I don't know what was going on with him, but he bounced right back up and the first thing he did was go overhand, and I moved so he wouldn't hit me in my face, and when I did, he got me right in the arm, boom," Casey said.

Casey realized he was in trouble. When he turned to run, the man didn't stop, chasing after Casey and stabbing him in the neck before riding off on the bicycle.

"When the doctor put the saline in to clean it, I felt the cold water on the back of my throat. That tells you how close it was to going all the way through my head," Casey said.

Casey remembered the man as the same person who tried to steal his bike two weeks earlier.

He said that bike is important because it's his main mode of transportation.

"The bike that I did have, it's a $4,500 bike. My grandmother bought it for me about a year and a half ago," Casey said.

Casey said he's moving in a few days, but not because of this incident.

"Redding is not the same place as it was when I was a child. It is not," Casey said.

Redding Police said the suspect is a male, 40 to 45 years old, 5 feet 10 inches with a medium build wearing dark clothing.

The bicycle is described as a hunter green mountain bicycle that has been spray painted blue.

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